​Following a disappointing World Cup campaign in 2018, Poland bounced back in fantastic fashion to secure automatic qualification to the European Championships next summer.


With former Poland international Jerzy Brzęczek at the helm, Biało-Czerwoni were beaten just once in their qualifying campaign, finishing with 25 points from their ten games.

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The Poles, led by Bayern talisman Robert Lewandowski, will be looking to improve on their impressive Euro 2016 campaign - where they were knocked out on penalties by eventual winners Portugal in the quarter-finals.


And with the scarily efficient Lewandowski surrounded by the likes of chief creator Piotr Zielinski and talented youngster Sebastian Symanski, there's no doubting that they will be capable of pulling off one or two surprises next summer.


Poland's Group Stage Journey

Krzysztof Piatek

Poland's qualifying campaign got off to a perfect start against Austria in Vienna.


Facing a talented side that contained the likes of David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer, Florian Grillitsch and Marko Arnautovic, the Poles were largely second-best throughout but came away with a 1-0 victory after Krzysztof Piątek headed home from close range. 


Footballing minnows Latvia then frustrated Brzęczek's side for much of Poland's first home game of the campaign but eventually, the hosts' persistence was rewarded as Lewandowski gave Poland the lead before centre-back Kamil Glik doubled their lead six minutes from time.


Another unconvincing victory followed, this time away at North Macedonia as that man Piątek bagged the only goal of the game almost immediately after the restart - the Hertha Berlin forward's scrappy finish being Poland's only shot on target. Despite their attacking woes, their backline remained firm once more as Southampton's Jan Bednarek and Monaco's Glik impressed at the heart of the defence.

Jan Bednarek

Nevertheless, a big win came just a few days later as they thumped a free-flowing Israel side 4-0 in Warsaw. After Piątek thrashed home their first ten minutes from half-time, Biało-Czerwoni were mightily impressive in the second period as goals from Lewandowski, Kamil Grosicki and Dinamo Zagreb's Damian Kądzior - his first for his country - secured an emphatic victory.


After maintaining a 100% record through four games, Poland hit a slight bump midway through their campaign. First, they were beaten away in Slovenia 2-0 after struggling in the final third before they were held to a 0-0 stalemate at home to Austria - a game which saw the Poles outshot 22-7.


Despite a couple of woeful displays, they remained comfortably atop Group G heading into their final four fixtures.

Robert Lewandowski,Krzysztof Piatek

A Lewandowski hat trick secured a routine 3-0 victory away in Latvia when they return to action, before another late show saw them squeeze past a resolute North Macedonia side in Warsaw. Goals from Przemysław Frankowski and Arkadiusz Milik - his first of the campaign - in the final 15 minutes helping Poland to a 2-0 win, booking their place at Euro 2020 in the process.


Despite playing for little in their final two group encounters, they won them both, first impressing away in Israel in a 2-1 victory before playing out a five-goal thriller against Slovenia on the final matchday. With Josip Ilicic levelling things up at 2-2 midway through the second half, midfielder Jacek Goralski scored his maiden goal for the national team just nine minutes from time to give his side the win.


Final Group G Standings


​NationPoints​
​Poland                                                                                   ​25                                 
​Austria​19
​North Macedonia​14
​Slovenia14
​Israel11​
​Latvia ​3